ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
English Language and Linguistics, Geography, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Business, Economic Development and Regeneration, Economics, Education, Health Services Management, International Relations, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Work
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Research Council
Deadline for applying
Closed 24/01/2023 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, led by the University of Warwick, is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and forms part of the ESRC’s new Doctoral Training Network which significantly widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding across the UK.

The new Network consists of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), supporting over 500 research students annually across the UK.

Established in 2016, with first the intake of students beginning in October 2017, the Midlands Graduate School is a consortium led by the University of Warwick in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, Aston University and University of Leicester.

The DTP offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. These studentships are linked to a specific training pathways and some studentships have a built-in element of collaboration.

Value of Award

All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend (£17,668 in 2022/23), and payment of tuition fees at the home fee rate.

Eligibility Criteria

To be classed as a home student applicants must meet the following criteria:

If an applicant does not meet any of the criteria above they will be classed as an international student. Please note that up to 30% of studentships are awarded to international students per cohort. International students awarded funding through the MGS at the University of Birmingham will not be required to cover the difference between home and international fees.

Other Eligibility Criteria

  • Students intending to study part-time are eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students are able to apply directly from undergraduate programmes (as we have a 1+3 award option with a Masters continuing onto PhD study) and we ring-fence a number of studentship awards for students applying straight from an undergraduate degree.
  • Students applying for Distance Learning programmes are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who already hold an award, or who are financially supported by another organisation, which covers maintenance and/or tuition fees are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for an ESRC award, provided that they are within the first year of a full-time programme or the first two years of a part-time programme. However, if you have already begun your PhD, you must already have completed the required training as outlined in the Guidance Notes for Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP applicants. The ESRC does not permit the suspension of a PhD to undertake the required training modules, nor for them to run alongside year 2 and 3 of a PhD.
  • Students must usually have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level or equivalent professional experience.
  • The proposed research project must fall within the ESRC's scientific remit.

How to Apply

All information regarding the open competition including the eligibility criteria, guidance notes, application form and information on pathways can be found on the MGS website:

Prospective students who wish to apply for the fully funded MGS DTP studentship specifically from the University of Birmingham, please click the following weblink for full information: University of Birmingham (


Ben Kotzee, Midlands Graduate School